Easy, nutritious, and kid-friendly snacks to make this holiday season!

With the holiday season in full swing this time of the year, it can be easy for sugary snacks to add up in the meals children eat while they are home during winter break, or while families cook holiday meals as part of tradition. We have highlighted 3 recipes below, curated by the San Juan Unified School District in California, that can be healthier alternatives for kids to snack on or make with their families during the holidays. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have also posted easy, nutritious recipes on their website that can be great for cooking during the holidays, including a blueberry muffin recipe we highlighted in our blog earlier this year. With that, happy eating and happy cooking!

GREAT GRAPE SMOOTHIE

  • Makes 2 servings (1 cup per serving).

  • Prep time: 5 minutes

  • Ingredients

    • 1 cup seedless grapes

    • ½ cup frozen cherries

    • ½ cup unsweetened frozen strawberries

    • ½ cup orange slices

    • ½ cup banana slices

  • Preparation

    • 1. Combine all ingredients in a blender container. Blend until mixture is smooth.

    • 2. Pour into glasses and serve.

  • Tip: For a thicker consistency, freeze grapes before blending ingredients. To freeze grapes, rinse, dry, and spread grapes in a single layer on a cake pan or pie pan. Cover and freeze 1½ to 2 hours until completely frozen.

  • Nutrition information per serving:

    • Calories 187, Carbohydrate 48 g, Dietary Fiber 5 g, Protein 2 g, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 4 mg

  • Recipe Courtesy of the California Table Grape Commission

PEACHY PEANUT BUTTER PITA POCKETS

  • Makes 4 servings (½ pita pocket per serving).

  • Prep time: 10 minutes

  • Cook time: 10 seconds

  • Ingredients

    • 2 medium whole wheat pita pockets

    • ¼ cup reduced fat chunky peanut butter

    • ½ apple, cored and thinly sliced

    • ½ banana, thinly sliced

    • ½ fresh peach, thinly sliced

  • Preparation

    • 1. Cut pitas in half to make 4 pockets and warm in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make them more flexible.

    • 2. Carefully open each pocket and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the inside walls.

    • 3. Fill with a combination of apple, banana, and peach slices. Serve at room temperature.

  • Nutrition information per serving:

    • Calories 180, Carbohydrate 26 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Protein 7 g, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 217 mg

PEAR MANGO SALSA

  • Makes 6 servings (¼ cup per serving).

  • Prep time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients

    • 2 medium pears, peeled, cored, and cut into small chunks

    • ½ mango, peeled, seeded, and cut into small chunks

    • 1 ⁄3 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

    • 1 ⁄3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

    • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

    • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped

    • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

    • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil lime juice to taste salt to taste

  • Preparation

    • 1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate in a covered container for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours before serving.

    • 2. Serve with tortilla chips, quesadillas, or something else!

  • Nutrition information per serving:

    • Calories 65, Carbohydrate 13 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Protein 1 g, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0g. Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 100 mg

  • Recipe courtesy of the California Pear Advisory Board